Program involving AmeriCorps members is honored as part of CNN Heroes series.
Yesterday, Anderson Cooper named his Top 10 Heroes of 2008 on CNN. Among them, Liz McCartney and the St. Bernard Project, an AmeriCorps project in St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans.
According to a press release from the Corporation for National and Community Service,
Liz McCartney, co-founder of a Louisiana nonprofit that relies on volunteers and AmeriCorps members to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the second annual “CNN Heroes” program.
The St. Bernard Project, formed two years ago by McCartney and Zack Rosenburg, has mobilized more than 9,000 volunteers to renovate and reconstruct 151 homes for residents of St. Bernard Parish, an area just outside New Orleans that once was home to 67,000 people that suffered massive damage from Katrina.
Watch the AC 360 clip from CNN.
Anyone can vote for the Hero of the Year.
The announcement is expected Thanksgiving night. The winner will win $100,000.
The top ten heroes each won $25,000 and McCartney donated hers back to the project.
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